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Outrage + Optimism

Sep 30, 2021

You probably heard last week was Climate Week and UNGA. But, what actually happened?

To cover it all, we get into the cornucopia of methane reduction announcements from countries across the world, a quick update on China, and a special focus this week on the announcement of the ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’, an announcement that saw 9 philanthropic organisations, including the Bezos Earth Fund, collectively commit $5 billion of funds to the 30x30 campaign. 

We explore what this funding announcement means for the campaign, what effect this could have on government ambition and commitment to biodiversity as we gear up for COP26, and how this is a goal every single one of us can unite behind.

Joining us this week is Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Cristián played a key role in convening the 9 organizations to launch the Protecting Our Planet Challenge. It marks the largest-ever philanthropic commitment to nature conservation and a significant step in addressing the triple crisis that threatens our planet – climate change, nature loss and economic insecurity.

Thanks for listening! Stick around ‘til the end for a live performance of 'Ocean' by special musical guest Palmaria!



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Mentioned links from the episode:


Go watch Global Citizen Live!

Read the Sierra Club’s rundown of ‘Climate Night'



Thank you to our guest this week: 


Cristián Samper

President and CEO | Wildlife Conservation Society



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Bezos Earth Fund 

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High Ambition Coalition (HAC)  for Nature & People (30x30 campaign)

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Amazing music this week was from Palmaria!



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Listen to 'Ocean'


Also, check out their live performance music video for ‘Ocean’!




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